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Ric Salinas (center) as Fausto, Ricky Saenz as Edgar, Cristina Frias as Claudia. Photo: Bob Hsiang.

A Play by Paul S. Flores. Developed with & Directed by Michael John Garcés. Starring Ricardo Salinas of Culture Clash.

San Jose, CA
MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) presents playwright Paul S. Flores’ San Jose premiere of PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, directed by Michael John Garcés of Cornerstone Theater and starring Ricardo Salinas of Culture Clash.
PLACAS (barrio slang: a code word for graffiti tags, a nickname or body tattoos) is a stage drama about family, transformation and redemption that focuses on a Salvadoran former gang member in the barrio of SF trying to reclaim his family while letting go of his past. Set in today’s San Francisco, it explores the benefits and risks of tattoo removal for gang members thru one man’s determination to reunite his family after surviving civil war in El Salvador, immigration, deportation, prison and street violence.
PLACAS focuses on inter-generational relationships between young men and their fathers and uses the metaphor of tattoo removal as a way of moving forward and as a path to a possible solution.
PLACAS stars Ric Salinas as Salvadoran immigrant Fausto Carbajal, a now middle-aged ex-gang member recently released after nine years in prison. As a requirement of his parole Fausto must remove the tattoos that mark him as a member of his gang. Wearied by what has been a lifetime of violence, he accepts the terms. He is determined to reunite his family, traumatized by three decades of war, forced migrations and street crime. He returns to San Francisco to live with his mother, a war refugee, and hopes to re-unite with his ex-partner, Claudia and their now teenaged son, Edgar. Fausto visits Claudia and Edgar. But Edgar, who has not seen his father for most of his life, resents Fausto and displays disturbing character traits that remind Fausto of himself in his youth.
It is clear that the reunion will be difficult. Fausto realizes that his son is in danger of being initiated into a rival gang when Edgar is arrested for carrying a gun to school and placed on probationary house arrest. Fausto attempts to persuade Edgar against joining the gang and offers to move the family out of the neighborhood, but Edgar runs away. Fausto must find Edgar before the police do. His process of transformation is both physically and emotionally painful, but can he save himself, and is it enough and in time to save his son?

Friday, October 5, 2012 Doors open at 7:30pm, Performance at 8pm
Join us for the opening reception with cast immediately following performance.
Friday & Saturday,
October 5, 6, 12 & 13
Doors open at 7:30pm, Performance at 8pm
$25 at the door, $20 in advance/online, $10 students w/ valid student ID
Sunday Matinee:
Sunday, October 7 & 14
Doors open at 1:30pm, Performance at 2pm
$20 at the door, $15 in advance/online, $10 students with valid student ID

Platica & Pupusas
Thursday, October 4, 6:30pm
Join us for a special evening of Salvadorian food and conversation with Paul S. Flores and Ricardo Salinas of Culture Clash about the development of PLACAS. $30 per person.

Acting Lab with Ricardo Salinas
Saturday, October 13, 1pm – 3pm
Work with internationally recognized actor, Ricardo Salinas of Culture Clash fame to develop your skills. Open to actors, writers and artists at all levels.
$40 per person, space is limited.
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